Phonics at Southfield

Phonics at Southfield

 

At Southfield Primary School we place a great emphasis on phonics in the children’s first few years at school in order that all children are taught the necessary skills to read. We follow the Letters and Sounds Six-phase teaching programme which begins when children enter Nursery and finishes for most children part way through Year Two. All of our teachers plan phonics sessions that are well matched to each child’s abilities and interests and draw upon observations and assessments to plan for progression and to identify children who need additional support.

In Phase One when children enter Nursery , the focus in on environmental and instrumental sounds and children develop their listening skills and awareness of sounds in the environment. In Phase Two children are taught nineteen letters and by the end if this Phase should be able to read some VC and CVC words and to spell them using magnetic letters or by writing the letters on paper or whiteboards. In Phase Three children learn another 25 graphemes, most of them comprising two letters e.g. oa. In Phase Four children consolidate their knowledge of graphemes in reading and spelling words containing adjacent consonants and polysyllabic words. In Phase Five children broaden their knowledge of graphemes and phonemes for use in reading and spelling. Finally in Phase Six children become fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers, and should be able to read hundreds of words, by reading the words automatically if they are very familiar, decoding them quickly and silently because their sounding and blending routine is now well established and decoding them aloud.

Children who are falling behind in different phases are identified quickly as part of regular half termly assessments and are catered for with additional intervention groups and precision teaching at a phase that is appropriate for their needs.